Patents by Inventor Jonathan D. Pincus

Jonathan D. Pincus has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7406685
    Abstract: Defect detection in a software system made of multiple computer program programs is facilitated by using information about cross-program interactions and dependency relationships between programs to analyze the individual programs in such a way that the behavior of the system as a whole is accurately represented. A list of dependency relationships is read in; these dependency relationships are used to determine an order in which the programs should be analyzed. The programs are then analyzed in that order. Information from the analysis of the programs is used to inform the analysis of subsequently-analyzed programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy G. Fleehart, Jonathan D. Pincus, Jeffrey S. Wallace
  • Patent number: 7284271
    Abstract: Authorizing a requesting entity to have a service perform a particular action in a manner that is at least partially independent of the underlying target data structure. An authorization station maintains a number of role templates that each define basic access permissions with respect to a number of command methods. The authorization station also maintains a number of role definitions that each define access permissions for specific requesting entities by using one or more of the role templates. When the authorization station receives a request from the requesting entity, the authorization station then identifies the appropriate role definition. Using this role definition, the authorization station determines access permissions for the requesting entity with respect to the requested action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Lucovsky, Shaun D. Pierce, Michael G. Burner, Richard B. Ward, Paul J. Leach, George M. Moore, Arthur Zwiegincew, Robert M. Hyman, Jonathan D. Pincus, Daniel R. Simon
  • Patent number: 7200599
    Abstract: An implementation of a technology, described herein, for facilitating the automated generation of input-validation software filters. The implementation of the invention provides an easy graphical user interface (GUI). With this GUI, a user (such as a system administrator) is able to quickly enter a set of parameters defining what valid inputs constitute—in particular, when such inputs come from a computing component. Consequently, the user does not have to manually generate filtering instructions on how to filter input from a computing component. This abstract itself is not intended to limit the scope of this patent. The scope of the present invention is pointed out in the appending claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel R. Simon, Valentin N. Razmov, Jonathan D. Pincus
  • Patent number: 7136859
    Abstract: Directly operating on data structures in a generic manner regardless of the type of data structure being operated upon and without requiring dedicated executable code for manipulating data structures of the particular data type. A common set of commands (e.g., insert, delete, replace, update, query) are recognized that may be used to operate on data structures of a number of different data types. A navigation module accesses a request to execute one of the common command methods on at least an identified portion of an identified data structure. Then, the navigation module accesses a navigation assistance module to access a set of rules associated with the particular data type, the set of rules allowing the navigation module to find the portion of the data structure that is to be operated on. If appropriate, the command operation is then executed on the identified portion of the data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Lucovsky, Shaun D. Pierce, Alexander T. Weinert, Michael G. Burner, Richard B. Ward, Paul J. Leach, George M. Moore, Arthur Zwiegincew, Robert M. Hyman, Jonathan D. Pincus, Daniel R. Simon
  • Patent number: 6985958
    Abstract: A messaging data structure for accessing data in an identity-centric manner. An identity may be a user, a group of users, or an organization. Instead of data being maintained on an application-by-application basis, the data associated with a particular identity is stored by one or more data services accessible by many applications. The data is stored in accordance with a schema that is recognized by a number of different applications and the data service. The messaging data structure includes fields that identify the target data object to be operated upon using an identity field, a schema field, and an instance identifier field. In addition, the desired operation is specified. Thus, the target data object is operated on in an identity-centric manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Lucovsky, Shaun D. Pierce, Alexander T. Weinert, Michael G. Burner, Richard B. Ward, Paul J. Leach, George M. Moore, Arthur Zwiegincew, Vivek Gundotra, Robert M. Hyman, Jonathan D. Pincus, Daniel R. Simon
  • Patent number: 6820256
    Abstract: Defect detection in a software system made of multiple computer program programs is facilitated by using information about cross-program interactions and dependency relationships between programs to analyze the individual programs in such a way that the behavior of the system as a whole is accurately represented. A list of dependency relationships is read in; these dependency relationships are used to determine an order in which the programs should be analyzed. The programs are then analyzed in that order. Information from the analysis of the programs is used to inform the analysis of subsequently-analyzed programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy G. Fleehart, Jonathan D. Pincus, Jeffrey S. Wallace
  • Patent number: 6782530
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method of automatically assigning a ranking value to a plurality of received messages is disclosed. Each of the received messages provides information about a computer program. The method includes receiving a first message, storing the first message in the database and initializing the first message. Further, it is determined whether the first message is to be disqualified. If it is determined that the first message is to be disqualified, the first message is disqualified. If it is determined that the first message is not to be disqualified, a ranking value is automatically assigning to the first message based upon a predetermined set of criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Pincus, William R. Softky, David Jon Sielaff
  • Publication number: 20030037236
    Abstract: An implementation of a technology, described herein, for facilitating the automated generation of input-validation software filters. The implementation of the invention provides an easy graphical user interface (GUI). With this GUI, a user (such as a system administrator) is able to quickly enter a set of parameters defining what valid inputs constitute—in particular, when such inputs come from a computing component. Consequently, the user does not have to manually generate filtering instructions on how to filter input from a computing component. This abstract itself is not intended to limit the scope of this patent. The scope of the present invention is pointed out in the appending claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Inventors: Daniel R. Simon, Valentin N. Razmov, Jonathan D. Pincus
  • Publication number: 20020184214
    Abstract: Directly operating on data structures in a generic manner regardless of the type of data structure being operated upon and without requiring dedicated executable code for manipulating data structures of the particular data type. A common set of commands (e.g., insert, delete, replace, update, query) are recognized that may be used to operate on data structures of a number of different data types. A navigation module accesses a request to execute one of the common command methods on at least an identified portion of an identified data structure. Then, the navigation module accesses a navigation assistance module to access a set of rules associated with the particular data type, the set of rules allowing the navigation module to find the portion of the data structure that is to be operated on. If appropriate, the command operation is then executed on the identified portion of the data structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Lucovsky, Shaun D. Pierce, Alexander T. Weinert, Michael G. Burner, Richard B. Ward, Paul J. Leach, George M. Moore, Arthur Zwiegincew, Robert M. Hyman, Jonathan D. Pincus, Daniel R. Simon
  • Publication number: 20020184521
    Abstract: Authorizing a requesting entity to have a service perform a particular action in a manner that is at least partially independent of the underlying target data structure. An authorization station maintains a number of role templates that each define basic access permissions with respect to a number of command methods. The authorization station also maintains a number of role definitions that each define access permissions for specific requesting entities by using one or more of the role templates. When the authorization station receives a request from the requesting entity, the authorization station then identifies the appropriate role definition. Using this role definition, the authorization station determines access permissions for the requesting entity with respect to the requested action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Lucovsky, Shaun D. Pierce, Michael G. Burner, Richard B. Ward, Paul J. Leach, George M. Moore, Arthur Zwiegincew, Robert M. Hyman, Jonathan D. Pincus, Daniel R. Simon
  • Publication number: 20020174125
    Abstract: A messaging data structure for accessing data in an identity-centric manner. An identity may be a user, a group of users, or an organization. Instead of data being maintained on an application-by-application basis, the data associated with a particular identity is stored by one or more data services accessible by many applications. The data is stored in accordance with a schema that is recognized by a number of different applications and the data service. The messaging data structure includes fields that identify the target data object to be operated upon using an identity field, a schema field, and an instance identifier field. In addition, the desired operation is specified. Thus, the target data object is operated on in an identity-centric manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Lucovsky, Shaun D. Pierce, Alexander T. Weinert, Michael G. Burner, Richard B. Ward, Paul J. Leach, George M. Moore, Arthur Zwiegincew, Vivek Gundotra, Robert M. Hyman, Jonathan D. Pincus, Daniel R. Simon
  • Publication number: 20020133535
    Abstract: A model for accessing data in an identity-centric manner. An identity may be a user, a group of users, or an organization. Instead of data being maintained on an application-by-application basis, the data associated with a particular identity is stored by one or more data services accessible by many applications. The data is stored in accordance with a schema that is recognized by a number of different applications and the data service. When a user is to perform an operation on the identity's data, the corresponding application generates a message that has a structure that is recognized by the data service. The message represents a request to perform an operation on the data structure corresponding to the identity. The data service receives and interprets the message. If authorized, the data service then performs the operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Lucovsky, Shaun D. Pierce, Alexander T. Weinert, Michael G. Burner, Richard B. Ward, Paul J. Leach, George M. Moore, Arthur Zwiegincew, Vivek Gundotra, Robert M. Hyman, Jonathan D. Pincus, Daniel R. Simon
  • Publication number: 20020073403
    Abstract: Defect detection in a software system made of multiple computer program programs is facilitated by using information about cross-program interactions and dependency relationships between programs to analyze the individual programs in such a way that the behavior of the system as a whole is accurately represented. A list of dependency relationships is read in; these dependency relationships are used to determine an order in which the programs should be analyzed. The programs are then analyzed in that order. Information from the analysis of the programs is used to inform the analysis of subsequently-analyzed programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy G. Fleehart, Jonathan D. Pincus, Jeffrey S. Wallace
  • Patent number: 6154876
    Abstract: An error detection mechanism for detecting programming errors in a computer program. A component of the computer program, e.g., a procedure or function of the computer program, is analyzed to determine the effect of the component on resources used by the computer program. A component is analyzed by traversing the computer instructions, i.e., statements, of the component and tracking the state of resources used by the component as affected by the statements of the component. Each resource has a prescribed behavior represented by a number of states and transition between states. Violations in the prescribed behavior of a resource resulting from an emulated execution of the statements of the component are detected and reported as programming errors. Resources used by two or more components are modelled by modelling externals of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Intrinsa Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Haley, Jonathan D. Pincus, William R. Bush
  • Patent number: 6079031
    Abstract: An error detection mechanism for detecting programming errors in a computer program. A component of the computer program, e.g., a procedure or function of the computer program, is analyzed to determine the effect of the component on resources used by the computer program. A component is analyzed by traversing the computer instructions, i.e., statements, of the component and tracking the state of resources used by the component as affected by the statements of the component. Each resource has a prescribed behavior represented by a number of states and transition between states. Violations in the prescribed behavior of a resource resulting from an emulated execution of the statements of the component are detected and reported as programming errors. Resources used by two or more components are modelled by modelling externals of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Haley, Jonathan D. Pincus, William R. Bush
  • Patent number: 5968113
    Abstract: An error detection mechanism for detecting programming errors in a computer program. A component of the computer program, e.g., a procedure or function of the computer program, is analyzed to determine the effect of the component on resources used by the computer program. A component is analyzed by traversing the computer instructions, i.e., statements, of the component and tracking the state of resources used by the component as affected by the statements of the component. Each resource has a prescribed behavior represented by a number of states and transition between states. Violations in the prescribed behavior of a resource resulting from an emulated execution of the statements of the component are detected and reported as programming errors. Resources used by two or more components are modelled by modelling externals of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Intrinsa Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Haley, Jonathan D. Pincus, William R. Bush
  • Patent number: 5857071
    Abstract: An error detection mechanism for detecting programming errors in a computer program. A component of the computer program, e.g., a procedure or function of the computer program, is analyzed to determine the effect of the component on resources used by the computer program. A component is analyzed by traversing the computer instructions, i.e., statements, of the component and tracking the state of resources used by the component as affected by the statements of the component. Each resource has a prescribed behavior represented by a number of states and transition between states. Violations in the prescribed behavior of a resource resulting from an emulated execution of the statements of the component are detected and reported as programming errors. Resources used by two or more components are modelled by modelling externals of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Intrinsa Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Haley, Jonathan D. Pincus, William R. Bush
  • Patent number: 5790778
    Abstract: A computer program error detection system that detects errors in a computer program by simulating execution of program statements. An internal format structure is retrieved along with a list of all functions defined by the computer program. The internal format structure is analyzed to determine all function calls and the function call ordering. External behavior models corresponding to the discovered function calls are retrieved and stored in a model table. One or more control flow paths are traversed through the computer program. For each path traversed, a structural memory model is maintained to represent the effect of the simulated execution of statements along the control flow path. A statement is simulated by executing a built in model of the operation. A function call is emulated by executing an external behavior model corresponding to the called function. Execution of an external behavior model causes the structural model memory to be updated to reflect execution of the called function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Intrinsa Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Bush, Jonathan D. Pincus, Richard E. Wilbur, Debby Majors-Degnan, David Jon Sielaff
  • Patent number: 5694539
    Abstract: An error detection mechanism for detecting programing errors in a computer program. A component of the computer program, e.g., a procedure or function of the computer program, is analyzed to determine the effect of the component on resources used by the computer program. A component is analyzed by traversing the computer instructions, i.e., statements, of the component and tracking the state of resources used by the component as affected by the statements of the component. Each resource has a prescribed behavior represented by a number of states and transition between states. Violations in the prescribed behavior of a resource resulting from an emulated execution of the statements of the component are detected and reported as programming errors. Resources used by two or more components are modelled by modelling externals of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Assignee: Intrinsa Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Haley, Jonathan D. Pincus, William R. Bush